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Sakanoue, Kyoto

4-star4 stars
502 Washio-choShimogawara, Gion, KyotoKyoto-fu605-0072Japan

Upscale ryokan within walking distance of Gion Corner
  • Free WiFi in lobby and free parking
Tasty breakfast
Fantastic service
Delicious food
Value for money
Value for money could be better
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From 66 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Sakanoue, Kyoto

from $187
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  • Traditional Room, Japanese Futon
  • Traditional Room, Japanese Futon
  • Traditional Room, Japanese Futon
  • Traditional Room (10am Check Out )
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At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 12 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-7 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests booking rooms with half board must check in by 8 PM. Also, please note that hotel may not serve dinner. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas



  • Free self parking (limited)

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Things to do
  • Spa tub
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Slippers
Sleep well
  • Turndown service
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Sakanoue, Kyoto’s small print

Also known as

  • Sakanoue
  • Sakanoue Inn
  • Sakanoue Inn Kyoto
  • Sakanoue Kyoto


Children under 3 stay for free, but incur a compulsory fee of 2160 JPY, to be paid at the hotel.
Guests should be aware that the child fees do not include bedding or meals. Please inform the hotel in advance if a meal for your child is required. The hotel will reach out to you directly regarding the extra charge.
Guests with dietary restrictions or food allergies should contact this hotel in advance. Please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels, etc. ). Additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file.

This property does not have elevators.

Parking height restrictions apply.

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Sakanoue, Kyoto


  • In Gion
  • Kiyomizu Temple (15-minute walk)
  • Nijo Castle (44-minute walk)
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (45-minute walk)
  • Gion Corner (8-minute walk)
  • Heian Shrine (21-minute walk)
  • Sanjusangendo Temple (23-minute walk)
  • Higashi Honganji Temple (33-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Osaka (ITM-Itami) 51-min drive
  • Osaka (KIX-Kansai Intl.) 84-min drive
  • Kyoto Gion-Shijo Station 10-min walk
  • Kyoto Kawaramachi Station 14-min walk
  • Kyoto Sanjo Station 17-min walk
  • Higashiyama Station 14-min walk
  • Sanjo Keihan Station 15-min walk
  • Keage Station 21-min walk
  • Free self parking
  • Limited parking

Recent reviews

Superb 9.0 From 17 reviews

Sakanoue, Kyoto
A step back in time!
What a lovely ryokan experience! The entire staff was beyond curtious and dedicated to ensuring we had a pleasant stay. The rooms are in the traditional, simple Japanese style. Furniture was simply a low table and 2 chairs. The staff would come in nightly to set up the futon cushion bedding on the floor, and come back each morning promptly 30 minutes before breakfast to put the room back in order. The Japanese-style breakfast was a wonderful experience with a dozen different items brought to your room. The Japanese -style dinner, which we did only 1 night, was a lovely multi-course feast also served in the room. Finally, the location is in the heart of old Gion. Would wholeheartedly recommend Sakanoue for anyone looking for a restful, traditional ryokan experience.
Jonathan, us4 night romance trip
Sakanoue, Kyoto
The Ryokan was a wonderful experience. The innkeepers were extremely nice and very accommodating. I only wish that the wifi had extended into our main room and not just the Lobby.
Dreamzje, us3 night family trip
Sakanoue, Kyoto
Great Ryokan!
Great stay at a clean modernized Ryokan. Room was very good with private toilet and bath. Service and food was fantastic. This is a very different experience than a western hotel that you must try if you come to Kyoto. Perfect location in Gion. Try the Japanese breakfast at least once! Tatami, futon and kimonos...My 13yo loved it.
Christian, us4 night family trip
Sakanoue, Kyoto
Traditional Ryokan experience in central location
It took me a long time to find the right ryokan in Kyoto, as many are very expensive and some don't have private bathrooms. I'm very glad I chose Sakanoue, it has traditional Japanese hospitality, an older Japanese lady dressed in kimono served us breakfast every morning and was very friendly, the room is traditional style but very comfortable, with private bathroom shower and small bathtub, all very spacious. I did not try their Kaiseki dinner but I'm sure it would be great, judging by the high quality of their breakfast. The neighborhood is fantastic, walking distance to all major sights, we took public transportation only to Kinkakuji and Fushimi Inari shrine. Okamoto's kjimono rental Gion store is also just around the corner.
XiaoLu, as2 night family trip
Sakanoue, Kyoto
Short of expectation
I have lived in Japan for many years and stayed at traditional Ryokan. The combined experience has made me have very high expectations on service, food, bath etc. Unfortunately Sakanoue falls a bit short. The room was large with and divided in two compartments. The main part is where we had the in-room dinner. The general impression of the room is that it's worn and in need of an overhaul. The wooden bathtub was infested with mould and didn't look very inviting. Trying out the common bath that could be reserved, it turned out to be just too hot to enjoy. Location is great, close to Yasaka-jinja and within walking distance to several other temples and sites.
Mattias, asTrip with friends

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Sakanoue, Kyoto

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